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CSUN’s pedestrian safety examined

An intersection near CSUN. Courtesy of the Daily Sundial. Photo Credit: Jonathan Pobre / Executive Editor

While still a journalism student not too long ago, one of this blogger’s last projects included an investigative story about the lack of pedestrian safety near Cal State University, Northridge.  Recent hit-and-run accidents — including that of Chinese exchange student, Yao Lu, who was seriously injured and in a coma for eight days after being hit by a car as she crossed a painted crosswalk — spurred the investigation, which was printed in CSUN’s Daily Sundial (Full disclosure: I’m a former EIC!) as a four-part series earlier this October & November.

For those interested, the article can be found here:

Part 1, posted Oct. 12: Student journalists investigate traffic accidents and injuries on and around CSUN campus

Part 2, posted Oct. 19: Intersections near campus dangerous, community says

Part 3, posted Nov. 8: Examining busy CSUN-area intersections

Part 4, posted Nov. 14: Drivers, pedestrians on both sides of safety coin

After working on this story, I noticed one particular accident-prone intersection in my North Hollywood neighborhood.  Those familiar with the madness that is the Lankershim/Vineland/Riverside intersection often feel pity to L.A. newcomers confused with any left-turn making within that triple-threat spot:

Just south of that intersection is one of our favorite local Italian restaurants, Little Toni’s — which is impossible to get to legally by foot or bicycle.  Anyone have similar not-so-pedestrian-friendly spots in their neighborhoods?

NoHo’s very own Antique Row


Santiago's Antiques actually has two storefronts, which both sandwich Miss Peaches Southern Cuisine, on Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood.

An abundance of small theaters aren’t the only things North Hollywood has to offer.  Travel further north on Lankershim Boulevard past Burbank Boulevard and you’ll find a plethora of antiques and vintage stores, all within walking distance from each other.

Before heading to the Pasadena Rose Bowl flea market on Sunday (see previous post about my visit), I finally made time to hit the antique stores in my own neighborhood.

Most of the stores are closed Sundays because the owners also sell at local flea markets, so your best bet might be to stop by during the weekdays and Saturdays.  Generally, they’re open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., but it’s a good idea to call and double-check with the stores (Click the jump cut below for a full list of addresses and phone numbers).

From Hollywood Regency decor to ’60s space age seating to Queen Anne dining sets and a few movie props thrown into the mix, there’s a style and decade to please buyers and browsers alike.  I’m a huge fan of mid century & Danish modern, and the stores definitely have plenty of it to offer.  Some of my favorite finds included a slatted George Nelson-style wood bench for $60 at Frank’s Antiques, a Danish modern chair for $25 at Angel’s Antiques and a set of 4 wire dining chairs from Santiago’s for $350.

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